Farmers Forum staff
AYLMER — A Western Ontario teenager was killed after getting caught in an auger at Elgin Feeds in Elgin County on March 15.
According to Aylmer Police, 18-year-old Ryan Laarman was working in the grain elevator feed area when he “lost his footing” around 10:45 a.m.
“It was auger-related,” said Deputy Chief Kyle Johnstone, who couldn’t offer further comment pending the outcome of a federal investigation.
Laarman was transported to St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital where he later died.
The Grade 12 high school student and Belmont resident worked at Elgin Feeds part-time for the last three years. The Aylmer company announced the “tragic death of a beloved employee and family member” in a March 15 Facebook post.
“Ryan was a bright light with a beaming personality who did his job with passion and enthusiasm,” the Facebook post said. “We pray for God’s comfort at this painful time.”
According to media reports, the owner of Elgin Feeds is the great uncle of the deceased. Laarman’s father is an Elgin OPP sergeant, and his mother worked at the school he attended.
This was the first Ontario farm-related fatality of 2023.
“The Government of Canada extends its deepest condolences to the families, friends, and coworkers of the victim of the fatal incident that occurred on March 15, 2023, in Aylmer, Ontario, at Elgin Feeds Ltd., a federally regulated employer,” a spokesperson for the Labour Program at Employment and Social Development Canada told Farmers Forum by email, also confirming that an investigation is underway.